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Bodies, Matter, Monads and Things in Themselves

In Brandon Look (ed.), Leibniz and Kant (forthcoming)

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  1. Du Châtelet: Idealist About Extension, Bodies and Space.Caspar Jacobs - forthcoming - Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science.
    Emilie du Châtelet offers an interesting and unusual account of the origin of our representation of extension. She is an idealist about the essence extension, bodies and space, regarding them as mental constructs. Du Châtelet’s account requires a brute fact about the mind, in apparent tension with the Principle of Sufficient Reason.
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  • Emilie du Chatelet's Metaphysics of Substance.Marius Stan - 2018 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 56 (3):477-496.
    much early modern metaphysics grew with an eye to the new science of its time, but few figures took it as seriously as Emilie du Châtelet. Happily, her oeuvre is now attracting close, renewed attention, and so the time is ripe for looking into her metaphysical foundation for empirical theory. Accordingly, I move here to do just that. I establish two conclusions. First, du Châtelet's basic metaphysics is a robust realism. Idealist strands, while they exist, are confined to non-basic regimes. (...)
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